Thousands of restaurants are honoring veterans and active-duty military personnel today.

They’re doing this by offering freebies and special discounts to share their appreciation for those who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice their lives for our country. 

I have included a few select restaurants here.  

*NOTE:

Proof of service such as a military ID is typically required and a few businesses will allow dressing in uniform as a form of identification.

The majority of discounts are valid only on Veterans Day, unless otherwise noted and available at participating locations. Some exclusions apply.

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Early deals

Aspen Creek GrillFree lunch from special menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse: Free entrée under $12.95 on Friday and Saturday. Plus, get a free BJ’s beer, which was donated by a community member. Learn more at www.bjsrestaurants.com/hero.

Boston MarketBuy one individual meal, get a second free Friday through Sunday at participating locations. A military ID isn’t required but to get this deal, you’ll need a coupon from www.bostonmarket.com.

Fazoli's: Free spaghetti with meat or marina sauce Friday through Sunday. The chain also is rolling out a new 10% military discount

Gordon Biersch Brewery RestaurantFree meal Friday and Saturday from a select menu.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea HouseFree meal from select menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at participating locations.

Spaghetti Warehouse: Buy any Original Recipe Spaghetti entrée, lasagne, grilled chicken alfredo, get one free Friday through Sunday with a coupon available at www.meatballs.com/veterans. No military ID required.

Veterans Day free meals, treats

America’s Dog & Burger: Free meals for veterans and active military with proper ID from Veterans Day through Nov. 18 at the Chicago regional chain.

Anthony's Coal Fired PizzaFree small order of meatballs with ricotta cheese.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill: Free meal from a special menu Saturday at any of the nearly 1,800 locations.

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Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar: Choice of pretzel including soft, crab or buffalo pretzel. This dine-in only offer is valid all-day Saturday at all locations, except for the Attleboro, Mass., location and at the Patchogue, N.Y., location, the special ends 4 p.m.

Back Yard Burgers: Free Classic Burgers on Saturday for veterans and active duty personnel in uniform or with a valid ID. The chain also offers a 20% discount to service men and women year-round.

Bakers Square: Free breakfast Saturday with choice of buttermilk pancakes, three slices of French toast or a Belgian waffle.

Bar LouieFree flatbread or burger Saturday. See location for more details.

Billy Sims BBQFree meal with special collectors cup.

Bob Evans: Free meal from a special menu available all day Saturday at all locations.

Bonanza SteakhouseFree buffet.

Bonefish GrillFree Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer.

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Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports BarThrough Sunday, guests can buy veterans and military personnel a pre-paid pint. Veterans and active military can go to their local Boston’s to redeem one of the paper pints through Sunday while supplies last.

Brann’s Steakhouse and GrilleFree 6-ounce sirloin steak with two sides.

Bruegger’s BagelsFree small drip coffee.

Bubbakoo’s BurritosFree meal.

Buffalo Wild WingsFree small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries.

Burntwood TavernFree lunch or dinner Saturday.

Calhoun's: Free meal.

California Pizza KitchenFree entrée from a special Veterans Day menu at participating locations.

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Carrabba’s Italian GrillFree appetizer.

Carlo’s BakeryFree cannoli.

Cattlemens SteakhouseFree 8-ounce sirloin steak dinner.

Chili'sFree meal from a special menu.

Chuck E. CheeseFree personal one-topping pizza to veterans, active duty personnel and eligible dependents with military ID, proof of service and promo code 5500. The chain also has daily military discounts.

Cicis PizzaFree adult buffet Saturday.

Circle KFree Polar Pop with the Veterans Day deal on the convenience store chain’s mobile app and with military ID.

City BBQ: Free sandwich with two sides and a regular drink.

Country PrideFree meal from a select menu.

Cracker BarrelFree slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.

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Dickey’s Barbecue PitVeterans get a free sandwich, savory side and a Big Yellow Cup from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Dunkin' DonutsFree doughnut of choice, while supplies last.

East Coast Wings + GrillFree meal from a select menu and fountain drink or tea. 

El FenixVets get a free meal from a special menu Saturday.

Famous Dave'sFree two meat combo. 

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & SteakburgersFree combo meal cards will be given out to veterans and active duty military Saturday. 

Friendly's: Free meal from a special menu at participating locations.

Glory Days Grill: Free appetizer or a regular order of boneless or grilled boneless wings.

Green MillFree menu item for lunch or dinner

Hooters: Free meal from special menu.

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Houlihan’sFree meal from select menu. Offer varies by location.

Huddle HouseFree order of Sweet Cakes, platter-size pancakes available in eight different flavor and topping combinations at all locations nationwide.

Hurricane Grill & Wings: Free entrée and non-alcoholic drink from special menu.

Hy-VeeFree breakfast 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at participating supermarkets with in-store dining.

IKEAFree meal up to $9.99. Offer may vary in the Carson, Calif., location, according to the IKEA website.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant: Free burger Friday and Saturday. Dine-in only at all locations.

Iron SkilletFree meal from a select menu.

JJ’s Red HotsFree meal including unlimited hot dogs, sausages, sides and non-alcoholic drinks all-day Saturday.

Krispy Kreme:One free doughnut and a small cup of coffee at participating locations. No ID is required.

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KrystalFree sausage biscuit from 6 to 11 a.m., while supplies last.

LaMar’s Donuts: Free doughnut and 12-ounce coffee.

Little CaesarsFree Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Logan's RoadhouseFree meal from special menu between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

LongHorn SteakhouseFree appetizer or dessert. Plus guests dining with veterans will receive 10% off their meals.

Macaroni GrillFree Mom's Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti.

Main EventFree meal and $10 FUNcard. Locations open until 5 p.m. Saturday.

Max & Erma’s: Free meal includes a cheeseburger, endless seasoned fries and a fountain drink.

Menchie’s: Free 6-ounce frozen yogurt.

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Mimi’s CaféFree meal from special menu.

Muscle Maker GrillFree meal at participating locations.

Native Grill & WingsFree meal or menu item up to $11.99.

O’Charley’s: Free meal from the “$9.99er Menu.” Plus get a $5 off $20 voucher for your next visit. Offers may vary by location. O’Charley’s offers a 10% military discount year-round. 

Olive GardenFree meal from a select menu.

On the BorderFree combo meal.

Orange Leaf YogurtFree frozen yogurt up to 11 ounces.

Outback SteakhouseFree Bloomin' Onion and non-alcoholic beverage.

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Panera Bread: Free breakfast sandwiches until 10 a.m. Saturday at participating locations. After 10 a.m., military members get a coupon for a free pastry to use on a future visit.

Perkins: Free Magnificent Seven meal.

Pie Five PizzaFree customized pizza.

PinchersFree meal, up to $17, at all locations between Tampa and Key West.

Quaker Steak & Lube: Offers vary by location, and include free meals from select menus or up to a specified amount, or discounted meals. 

Recovery Sports Grill:Free meal.

Red LobsterFree appetizer or dessert.

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Red RobinFree Red's Tavern Double Burger with bottomless fries.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryFree meal Saturday.

Ruby's Diner: Free meal from a select menu.

Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer up to $10.

Rush Bowls: Free bowl or smoothie.

Scooter’s CoffeeFree cup of coffee at all locations.

Shari's Café and PiesFree pancake breakfast available all day Saturday at all 94 locations.

Shoney'sFree breakfast bar from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

SizzlerFree lunch from a special menu until 4 p.m.

Snuffer'sFree burger and order of small fries or onion rings.

Sonny's BBQOffers vary by location. At some locations, veterans eat for half off and other locations will offer a free Big Deal Combo.

Starbucks: Free tall coffee for any veteran, active duty military and military spouse Saturday. Unrelated to the Veterans Day deal, Starbucks has a buy one holiday drink, get one free deal 2 to 5 p.m.Thursday through Monday. 

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Teriyaki MadnessFree bowl of choice to active and non-active military personnel and first responders at the 14 locations in the Las Vegas area.

Texas RoadhouseFree meal from a special menu and choice of non-alcoholic drink.

TGI Friday's: Free lunch menu item up to $12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Plus get a coupon for $5 off next meal.

The Greene Turtle: Free meal up to $12 or $12 off a more expensive item.

The Gyro ShackFree Original Gyro.

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Tijuana Flats: Free meal.

TooJay’sFree meal from a special menu.

Village Inn: Free "INN-Credible V.I.B." breakfast. 

Vitality Bowls: Free smoothies to veterans at all corporate and participating franchise locations.

WawaFree coffee, any size, all day Saturday for veterans, active military and family members.

White CastleFree breakfast combo.

Wild Wing CaféFree salad, wrap, burger or chicken sandwich.

WienerschnitzelFree chili dog meal.

World of BeerFree select draft beer or $5 off any food item. Offer varies by location due to state legalities.

Zoës KitchenFree meal. 

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